Boyle, surrounding counties under flash flood warning

Published 4:22 pm Saturday, November 30, 2019


Boyle County Emergency Management Director Mike Wilder says although some areas of the county — especially western Boyle — look scary, hopefully the high waters from excessive rain will continue receding. 

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for most surrounding counties just before 4 p.m. today (Saturday). 

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Wilder was in Perryville at 4 p.m. Saturday checking out conditions. “It’s the typical roads that get under water every time we have an excessive amount of rain,” he said, but that the high waters in Perryville had already begun to recede considerably. 

There were no evacuations due to flooding, he said. 

“It’s U.S. 68/Harrodsburg Road that was under water, Mitchellsburg Road — again, these are the roads when any time we get an excessive amount of rain, they tend to flood.”

MItchellsburg Road, going out of Perryville, is seen flooded from Saturday. (Photo submitted)

Wilder had spoken to the National Weather Service just before 4 p.m. “We had a little wall coming through right now,” which he said is due to let up.

However, “We’ve got another line of fairly heavy rain that will come through, probably around 6:30 or 7 tonight (Saturday).” Wilder said hopefully the day’s earlier rain water will be receded enough by then not to cause more problems. 

“After that, we should start drying out around 9 or 9:30 tonight, should be find without anything drastic. If anyone is out and needs help, they need to feel free to call 911 or dispatch. There is law enforcement out and they can help when needed.” 

As per usual, Wilder said, don’t drive through high water. “It doesn’t take but an inch to hydroplane — it just takes that much.” 

At 3:30 p.m., the National Weather Service said Doppler radar and automated rain gauges indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain across the warned area. Up to three inches of rain had already fallen at this point, causing flash flooding. 

The counties under the warning include: Boyle, Lincoln, Mercer, Garrard, Casey, Marion, southern Jessamine, Madison, Taylor, Washington and central Nelson counties. 

The Chaplin River in Perryville (Photo by Mike Wilder)